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library reading belles-lettres literature books bestsellers A Murder in Wellesley J E N N I F E R B L E C H E R writer media authors according to Marty Foley, a former Massachusetts State Police detective, "people just can't kill." He makes this comment as he's reflecting on the murder of Mabel "May" Greineder on Halloween morning of 1999. May Greineder's murder was a tragic event that thrust Wellesley into the national spotlight and crime on a popular wooded walking path at Morses Pond; the brutal violence used against the victim, a fifty-eight-year-old nurse and mother of three children; the subsequent indictment and conviction of May's husband, Dirk Greineder, a respected doctor and involved father, for the crime of murder; and the lengthy investigation that uncovered a world of prostitutes and pornography. It was a case that gripped the country's attention because it was so horrible and violent, while the family that it consumed and the town that it occurred in were so relatable. "You can plan out the perfect murder in your mind," continues Foley. "And I think in his mind [Dirk Greineder] planned out the perfect murder...until he killed her." To see exactly what Foley means you'll have to read the new book A Murder in Wellesley and go deep inside a case that unfolds like a murder mystery novel set in your own backyard. Written by Foley, the lead State Police detective assigned to the case, and Tom We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 3 Farmer, a reporter who covered the case for the Boston Herald, A Murder in Wellesley offers a detailed chronological look at the Greineder murder case. Both Foley and Farmer were intimately involved with the case when it was unfolding all those years ago: Foley from the streets, where he was involved with the investigation from the very first police radio call on that fateful October morning, and Farmer from the sidelines and benches of the courtroom where he sat watching and reporting every single day of the trial. The two men never actually spoke, how- 166 COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY PRESS OF NEW ENGLAND few residents will forget the basic details: the location of the

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